In early 2019, game developer and Youtuber Infernoplus had an idea — what if he took a classic video game and gave it a contemporary twist?
That game was the original Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and to lend it a modern touch, Infernoplus — who prefers to go by his online username — wanted to turn it into a Fortnite-inspired “battle royale” game. “I had kind of jokingly said at the time you can make anything into a battle royale,” he tells NPR. “Every single game publisher in the world wanted to make one at that particular moment.”
The battle royale genre sees a large number of players compete